Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Cars in the Recreation Field

A number of cars were seen in the Recreation Field over the Bank Holiday, parked alongside the hedgerow. Access through the gate by vehicles is restricted to emergency vehicles only to prevent the ground being churned up if wet. It is very difficult and costly to remove ruts in the grass once they have been made, so please use the large car park at the top of the Field.

Excellent Result from Music on the Quay

Phil Gallagher tells me that £625.00 was raised on Sunday evening for the Plymouth Samaritans - well done all those who contributed!

Monday, 27 May 2013


Thank goodness the Music on the Quay was last night and not today! The bad weather has returned, with a cold wind and rain! But it's a Bank Holiday!

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Cracking Night on the Quay

It was music night on the Quay - and we couldn't have picked a better evening for it! After a sunny day, it was clear blue skies as high tide reached the Quay; the wind was a bit cool, blowing from the north, not a typical late May evening, but at least it was dry!!
The evening was held to raise funds for the Plymouth Samaritans and featured all local musicians before the headline band Odd Sox. Trevor Grinstead was the compere and started the music at 7pm with Cowboy Ian. All musicians played for about 20 minutes to warm up the crowd before the main band.
Lizzie, supported by George Nix, sang a selection of country classics as the crowd grew. Parking was way back to the Social Club! There were long queues for the barbecue and the bar (no change there, then!) as the sun went down.
Following Lizzie came Blaxton, with Rob and Lesley ably supported by George. Next up was Rockin' Ron, with Special Guest Leah, who sang a delightful song.
The last group before Odd Sox was the Summerhouse Strummers with a variety of songs, including a popular 'scrumpy and western' Wurzels number.
After a short break, Odd Sox stormed the stage and continued to rock the Quay for a couple of hours. A great evening, all in aid of charity. Thanks go to Phil, who organised the event, Sarah and Ted for the bar, the volunteers on the barbie, all the musicians, Trev and Odd Sox (George and Mark).
The barbecue.

Cowboy Ian.
Lizzie and George.

Raffle time.
Sunshine on the Quay,
Three blokes having a laugh!

Rockin' Ron with George.
The Strummers.
Odd Sox take the stage.
Dancing in the street.

Odd Sox at full blast.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Music On The Quay

Don't forget Music On The Quay on Sunday evening from 7 - 11pm with a host of talented musicians, PLUS a bar and barbecue! All in aid of Plymouth Samaritans, so come along and support.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Tuesday 21st May
Andy and Jane arrived at Knight's Town Harbour, Valentia Island.

Excellent Jam at the Pub

No, I'm not talking about pots of strawberry preserve, but an excellent musical jam session this evening at the Olde Plough! Under the guidance of Steve Rickhards on his mighty piano, the following artistes rattled the rafters: Cowboy Ian, Lizzie, Summerhouse Strummers, Bere Ukies, Jane Musgrave, Rob and Leslie, John on the bodhran plus two visiting musicians, Martin from Plymouth and John from Callington.
The evening was so successful that, instead of being the last session before the summer break, there will be another one next month on Tuesday 18th June.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Sunday 19th May
Andy and Jane have 'turned the corner' and are now heading approx. NW along the coast of Ireland. Today they are at Lamb's Head, Co Kerry.

Music On The Quay

Don't forget, it's Music On The Quay next Sunday evening in aid of the Plymouth Samaritans. The line-up at the moment is:

Ian Wood
Lizzie Spiers
Rockin' Ron
Summerhouse Strummers
followed by the main event:
There will be a bar and barbecue on the Quay.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Tuesday 14th May
Andy and Kate reached Courtmacasherry Bay, just west of the Old Head of Kinsale. They are about halfway along the south coast of Ireland, heading WSW.

Message from Andy and Jane:
Thanks so much for your message of support. We were so pleased to see so many of the local community at our launch. It was very special.
We are already having the trip of a lifetime and many meeting wonderful people as we paddle round with lots of charitable donations en route too.
Despite wind generally being very much against us we're enjoying the challenge and are finding the Irish particularly hospitable!
If possible, put this message on the Bere Ferrers blog and in the next Bere Link that would be great! Thanks again for everyone's support and good wishes,
Jane and Andy.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Tamar Valley Trains

“Tamar Valley Trains”, a book chronicling a now long-vanished era on the Plymouth to Gunnislake Tamar Valley Line was launched recently at Bere Alston station. The book has been written by John Snell, a local historian and retired railwayman from Bere Alston, who joined British Railways as a booking clerk at Calstock station on 4 April 1949 at the age of 15.
In it, he records the scenes, sights and people he knew in this period when Bere Alston was a busy junction, with through trains to Exeter, Brighton and London, and the line extended from Gunnislake to Kelly Bray. It was also a time when much of the area’s local goods arrived by train and mountains of Tamar Valley fruit and flowers left for markets across Britain.
John first wrote much of the text in 1997 and published a first edition then.  This quickly sold out. It has been updated by Bruce Hunt of Saltash, editor of “Just a Few Lines”, the newsletter of the Tamar Belle Heritage Group, based at Bere Ferrers station, in conjunction with John. Bruce has added tickets and other memorabilia of the line from this period, as well as a chapter on the Centenary celebration of the Bere Alston – Gunnislake line in 2008. 
John Snell played a key part in these celebrations, unveiling a plaque at Gunnislake station.
The book includes an introduction for the book by Richard Burningham MBE, Manager of the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership, which works to promote the line today and Chris Grove of the Tamar Belle Heritage Centre has written a postscript.
The book is available at local bookshops priced £5.95.  

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Music at The Club

Saturday 25th May Karakoe 7pm - 8:45: children's session; 9pm to the close: adults' session
Thursday 13th June Open Mic (now on the second Thursday in the month)
Saturday 15th June 9pm Vicious Kitten
Thursday 11th July Open Mic
Friday 12th July John Stevens: a musician who plays guitar, banjo and a uke and has recorded all his own backing music.
Saturday 27th July Karakoe 7pm - 8:45: children's session; 9pm to the close: adults' session
The Club will not be open on Watersports day.
Thursday 8th August Open Mic
Saturday 10th August Georgia Rolls and Paradox.
Saturday 24th August Karakoe 7pm - 8:45: children's session; 9pm to the close: adults' session
Saturday 7th September The Kit Hillbillies
Thursday 12th September Open Mic
Saturday 28th September Karakoe 7pm - 8:45: children's session; 9pm to the close: adults' session

Plant Sale

The annual WI plant sale took place this morning in grey, blustery conditions, the warm Spring weather of the last week fading rapidly into a distant memory!
The usual plants were on sale and the stall seemed to do a brisk trade during the morning.

Villager Elected New Parish Council Chairman

Cllr Brian Lamb was elected Chairman of Bere Ferrers Parish Council for 2013-2014 at the AGM last Tuesday.
The full list of members and committees is on the Parish Council website.


Friday, 10 May 2013

Villagers' Group AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Bere Ferrers Villagers' Group will be held on Tuesday 25th June at 8pm in the Church Hall. Included in the proceedings will be the Election of Officers and Committee. Anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the Committee or who has an item for the agenda should contact Daphne McDonald as soon as possible.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Watersports Music Line-up Confirmed

The music line-up for the Watersports Day on Saturday 6th July was confirmed today when the headline band was announced. The timetable for the event evening is as follows:

                 5.30pm - 7pm    Local Bere Ferrers musicians

                 7 - 8pm              Georgia and Ben

                 8 - 9pm              Georgia Rolls

                 9 - 11pm            Three's A Crowd

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Village Old Gaffer on Spotlight

The village's 'Old Gaffer', John Gallagher, appeared on BBC Spotlight tonight. John is the local representative of the Old Gaffers' Association, a group that restore and sail gaff-rigged sailing boats.
There is a flotilla of these boats in Plymouth, on their way around Britain. They were due to sail tomorrow but strong winds have postponed this spectacular sight until Saturday.

Entertainment Newsflash!

The famous Calstock Rubber Band, well-known to many in the village, will be playing at the Social Club on Thursday 23rd May at 8.30pm.
Vicious Kitten will be at the Club on 15th June.
More details later.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Sunday 5th May and Andy and Jane are at Hooks Head in southern Ireland, heading west.

A Beautiful Day in the Village

It was a beautiful sunny warm May Bank Holiday and the trees and bushes are finally appearing in leaf after a long winter.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Andy and Jane have crossed St George's Channel between Wales and Eire and are now at Kilmore Quay, on the south coast of Ireland, about midway between Wexford and Waterford.

Approaching Ireland in the fading light after an 11-hour crossing from Wales.